What is the Rotary Foundation? The Rotary Foundation is a non-profit corporation which supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs.
Foundation History: In 1917, Arch C. Klumph, Rotary's sixth president, proposed to the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the creation of an "endowment fund for Rotary . . . for the purpose of doing good in the world in charitable, educational and other avenues of community service." A few months later, the endowment received its first contribution of $26.50 from the Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri, USA.
In 1928, when the endowment fund had grown to more than US $5,000, the fund was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International. Five Trustees, including Klumph, were appointed to "hold, invest, manage, and administer all of its property. . . as a single trust, for the furtherance of the purposes of RI." Two years later, the Foundation made its first grant of US$500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The ISCC - created by Rotarian Edgar F. "Daddy" Allen - since grew into the Easter Seals organization.
The Great Depression and World War II both impeded significant growth for the Foundation, but the need for promoting a lasting world peace generated great post-war interest in developing Foundation programs. After Rotary founder Paul P. Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring into Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created for the purpose of building the Foundation. Strong support and involvement of Rotarians worldwide ensures a secure future for The Rotary Foundation as it continues its vital work for international understanding and world peace.
Foundation Support: The Rotary Foundation is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of The Foundation. The financial support The Foundation receives today will help secure many better tomorrows for people all over the world through The Rotary Foundation's humanitarian and educational programs.
Your gift may be given to the Annual Programs Fund or The Permanent Fund, our endowment. Each fund supports Foundation programs in a different way. The Rotary Foundation accepts gifts of cash, publicly-traded securities, some closely-held securities, life insurance, real-estate, and other tangible property including art, jewelry and collectibles. The Foundation accepts deferred gifts and bequests and urges donors to include The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in their final estate plans or will.
The Rotary Foundation also offers a variety of Life Income Agreements to donors. Your charitable contribution may also be made as a pledge payable over a number of years. We gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the charitable contributions of our donors. As a donor, you receive recognition for your charitable contribution.
Paul Harris Fellow recognition, named for the founder of Rotary, is given for gifts of US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund. Benefactor recognition is awarded to donors to The Permanent Fund. Donors of US$10,000 or more receive Major Donor recognition.
The Foundation's Humanitarian Programs fund international Rotary club and district projects to improve the quality of life, providing health care, clean water, food, education, and other essential needs primarily in the developing world. One of the major humanitarian programs is PolioPlus, which seeks to eradicate the polio virus worldwide by the year 2000.
Through its Educational Programs the Foundation provides funding for some 1200 students to study abroad each year. Grants are also awarded to university teachers to teach in developing countries and for exchanges of business and professional people. Former participants in the Foundation's programs have the opportunity to continue their affiliation with Rotary as Foundation Alumni.
The Rotary Foundation is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world. Included in this section is information pertaining to the history of The Rotary Foundation, its financial support, its Alumni programs, training and resources, and the SHARE system.
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About the Rotary Foundation Programs
The Rotary Foundation provides
a window of opportunity to serve the world through many of these programs.
There are 2 categories of programs that are supported by the Foundation,
PolioPlus: The PolioPlus Program provides grants for obtaining polio vaccines, mobilizing community resources, and supporting operational costs related to international efforts to immunize children and eradicate polio worldwide. By the year 2005, Rotarians' contributions to the global polio eradication effort will approach US$400 million. In addition, millions of dollars of in-kind and personal contributions have been made by and through local Rotary clubs and districts. Of even greater significance are the hundreds of thousands of volunteers at the local level which provide support at clinics or mobilize their communities for immunization against polio. More than one million Rotarians worldwide have contributed toward the success of the polio eradication effort.
Grants are now available for special eradication activities in selected countries where the government,the World Health Organization (WHO), UMCEF, Rotary, and other donor agencies have drawn up a co-operative plan showing their respective roles, support, and activities. A PolioPlus Grant proposal may be submitted to support vaccine, essential equipment, supplies, and additional social mobilization and surveillance activities specifically directed to the final stages of polio eradication. The Rotary Foundation will assist Rotarians in developing appropriate proposals.
Advocacy for PolioPlus:
Advocacy for PolioPlus describes the Rotarian activities that communicate
to leaders at global, national, and local levels the benefits of the
eradication of polio by the year 2000 so that financial, technical,
and other resources required to reach this goal will be committed
on a timely basis. Through advocacy, Rotarians seek to
Paul Harris Fellow/Multiple
Paul Harris Fellow: Anyone who contributes - or in whose name
is contributed - a gift of US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs
Fund may become a Paul Harris Fellow. Each new Paul Harris Fellow
receives a commemorative certificate, a Paul Harris Fellow pin, and
a medallion. Donors are eligible for Paul Harris Fellow recognition
when their cumulative giving reaches US$1,000.
Q: Can a business or organization be a Paul
Q: Can I name someone else a Paul Harris
The Recognition Points can also be split
between multiple accounts. For example, if 1,000 Recognition Points
were divided equally between two people who had not previously contributed
to the Foundation, each of those individuals would need to contribute
only an additional US$500 to become Paul Harris Fellows.